Del Rey Books, Paperback, 9780345508829, 363pp.
Publication Date: July 26, 2011
In an environmentally fragile world where human and animal genes combine, the rarest mutation of all the Trader can instantly switch genders. One such Trader, the female Sorykah, is battling her male alter, Soryk, for dominance and the right to live a full life.
Sorykah has rescued her infant twins from mad Matuk the Collector. Her children are safe. Her journey, she believes, is over, but Matuk's death has unleashed darker, more evil forces. These forces, led by the Collector's son, cast nets of power that stretch from the glittering capital of Neubonne to the murky depths below the frozen Sigue, where the ink of octameroons is harvested to make addictive, aphrodisiacal tattoos. Bitter enemies trapped within a single skin, Sorykah and Soryk are soon drawn into a sinister web of death and deceit.
Praise for Kirsten Imani Kasai’s Ice Song
“A boldly adventurous tale depicting a richly detailed world.”—Booklist
“Piercingly moving . . . reminiscent of Ursula K. Le Guin’s paradigm-shattering The Left Hand of Darkness.”—Library Journal